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Remembering LZ 129, the Hindenburg – and the Importance of Naval Air Station Lakehurst

lz5 On May 6, 2017, I attended the memorial service the eightieth anniversary of the Hindenburg disaster at the spot where the Hindenburg crashed at Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey. The weather was much like it was that fateful night eighty years ago, overcast, a cool breeze and light rain. For more than 30 years on May 6th, the Navy Lakehurst Historical Society (NHLS) has marked this solemn occasion at the very spot where the Hindenburg’s Gondola came to rest. Read more »

Chasing Warbirds at Bradley

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Driving north up I-91 in Connecticut presents some "Targets of Opportunity" if you are hunting for Warbirds. Set the GPS for "Bradley International Airport" (KBDL) north of Hartford and exit at CT-20 then go two miles to CT-75 north. In a mile you will be at the approach lights for Runway 33-15. If the wind is right, pull over to one of the parking lots and watch some of the airliners on final. Proceed up 75 for about two miles and turn left at the orange sign for "New England Air Museum". At that turn you will be right at the end of Runway 24-6, the main runway at BDL at 9,510 feet, another good spot for inbound traffic. If you then proceed down Perimeter Road a bit you will come to the Connecticut Fire Training Center; if you're lucky, you will then see them burning down that concrete tower one more time. A little further down the road past the FAA ATC Tower you will come to the entrance to the New England Air Museum (NEAM), home of about 100 restored aircraft. But before you do that, keep going down the road and you will come to the End of Runway 15, ideal for more plane spotting. Drive a little further past FedEx and you will come to the Main Gate for the CT-ANG Air Base, home of the 103rd Airlift Wing, "The Flying Yankees". Read more »

Atlantic Trident 17 Commemorates a Century of Cooperation By Three Allies

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The United States of America and the French Republic have shared some close political, and even closer military ties since the American Revolution of the late 1700s. During the First World War, America officially entered the conflict on April 6, 1917 as a French ally. In fact, most of the engagements that the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) experienced were fought on the grounds of, and in the air overhead France’s countryside. For the past century, the United States and the United Kingdom have fought common aggressors alongside each other too. More than once America has sided with these two countries to maintain order in Europe. These bonds were especially true during the First World War. Read more »

The 2017 Kyneton Aero Club 50th Anniversary Airshow

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Kyneton Charms Thousands Located in the Macedon Ranges Shire, Northwest of Melbourne, Victoria, is Kyneton (YKTN), a small airfield near a cosy, small country town of the same name. With two runways, 18-36 and 09-27, of bitumen and grass respectively, Kyneton Aero Club and airfield celebrated their half-century in 2016. However, wet weather precluded the airshow go-ahead and it fell to 2017 to host the “50th Anniversary air show”. Read more »